On your next trip to the Central Coast, discover divine wines handcrafted from fruit and flowers within the tranquility of beautiful country-style gardens at Fires Creek. Set in two and a half acres, there's a lot of beauty that greets the eye - from the cow sculpture to the rose garden, the rustic cellar door and cast iron gate - with plenty for the keen photographer to delight in.
Many a rose petal is used in the making of wines here
So first, it was a walk around the gardens for me, discovering ducks swimming in lily-covered ponds, weeping willows, a quaint white picket fence-style bridge and a romantic rotunda surrounded by an open lawn that makes a great place for a country wedding ceremony (of which many a bride and groom will attest to).
On the subject of weddings, owner Nadia (as well as being a winemaker with husband Francis) has over 10 years experience in event management and does all she can to make your dream wedding the best and most memorable day of your life (as it should be). She is happy to discuss your requirements and can recommend florists and stylists, as well as celebrants and photographers that are tried and true.
There are lots of vantage points for photographers, including this view from the trellised area. When in season, the wisteria atop is resplendent in its perfume and mauve/purple blooms.
Unfortunately, the wisteria wasn't out during my visit but the views are magnificent nonetheless
After my walk, I headed to the cellar door for some wine tasting. Fires Creek creates limited vintage artisan wines with flavours changing with the growing seasons. My visit saw me tasting both dry and sweet wines.
The Blueberry & Lavender Wine, affectionately known as Lavender Blue, is a dry wine with soft floral notes that's good as an after dinner wine. Who would have thought lavender went with wine but it does and it's not a bad drop. Another interesting combination wine currently available is the Rose Petal & Pear Wine with its delicate notes from organically-grown rose petals.
Other fruity wines I tried that were sweeter included the Raspberry Wine (great with a cheese platter or dessert) and the Nectarine & Honey Wine (good with creamy camembert or in a Bellini cocktail). It was hard to decide which of these to purchase but in the end, I went with the Raspberry Wine which wasn't too overpowering in alcohol content.
Currently, the owners are busy bottling a Lemon Wine, along with a Violet and Elderberry Wine, which sounds interesting. These will likely be available in the next few weeks. New flavours are always on the cards as are past successes, such as Chilli Orange and Kiwifruit, to name just a couple on a long list.
You can enjoy complimentary tastings from Weds-Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm. Bookings are not required. Most of the wines for purchase are around the $25 mark, per bottle.
There are also bookable experiences here too, as follows -
Meet the Wine-Maker - for a more in-depth wine discovery behind-the-scenes into the Vat Room and the gardens, sampling wines, learning about winemaking and picking up handy tips and tricks regarding organic growing
Bushtucker & Wine Tasting - for a tour to a sacred site with an Aboriginal elder, learning about culture and traditions as you experience didgeridoo playing and the spirituality of a cleansing ceremony, followed by lunch at the Bamboo Buddha in their lush Bali-themed garden, a discussion on edible bush tucker and wine tasting back at Fires Creek
A touch of Bali at Bamboo Buddha, complete with huts, stone buddhas, tropical plants and a koi pond
You can find Fires Creek Fruit Wines not far from Erina (address below). It's only a 60-90minute drive from Sydney, so pay the owners a visit, they're super friendly and driven to creating delicious moments.